Young Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond knows he must remain patient
12:45 06 February 2014
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Nathan Redmond has revealed he is aspiring to be better than Norwich City’s fellow wide boys.
The England Under-21 starlet admitted learning from the likes of Robert Snodgrass, Anthony Pilkington and recent loan signing Jonas Gutierrez was all part of the attraction of moving to Carrow Road. Redmond has been used sparingly in recent weeks by his former Birmingham mentor Chris Hughton but the teenager accepts that is all part of his development.
“You want to learn from them and essentially hopefully be better than them,” he said. “Jonas has come in and been great for me and I am looking forward to working with him a lot more. I’ve been watching him in training and the games and you can see he has a lot of experience in terms of protecting the ball and playing it safe and that is something I can take on board. To be able to work with players like Jonas and Robert Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington is what attracted me to the football club.
“Ever since I started playing I have been told just to keep my head down, keep working hard and focus on my football. Everything else will take care of itself. I am still a young man. I want to play every game, that is my nature but I am starting to understand that the gaffer has to take me out now and again and give me a little breather or put me on as an impact substitution. There is a balance and he has managed me well and he has not steered me wrong to this point of my career.”
Redmond insists he is a far more polished performer than the youngster who first burst onto the scene at his hometown club.
“I’m definitely a much better player now than even 12 months ago because of all the new experiences I have had,” he said. “All the older lads tell you that football just goes in the blink of an eye and that is certainly true for the past year or so. Every now and then I get a chance to step back and see what I have done. If I look at clips of my playing at Birmingham and now at Norwich the quality I have shown on the ball and the work off it show me that I have improved, but I know I have to keep improving.
“I think the manager is happier with me now than when I was 17 at Birmingham. Then I was the favourite name for him to call to get back the other side of the ball but now he is not too bad. He knows I work hard for the team and I am a team player. He has always been great with me and I love working with the gaffer.”